RDP to Ubuntu Linux VM in Azure

Wanting to try out some of the cross-platform support available in Azure (http://azure.com) and Visual Studio Online (http://visualstudioonline.com), I created an Ubuntu 14.x VM in Azure this evening. I wanted to RDP into it, so I followed Planky’s excellent instructions here (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/archive/2013/11/12/running-a-remote-desktop-on-a-windows-azure-linux-vm.aspx) BUT, when I connected via RDP, all I saw was a big gray screen…….


C++ and SQL Server

A customer asked me this morning about connecting to SQL Server from C++. Had to dig a little, but found some pretty good info and some sample code. Building applications with SQL Native Client: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130904.aspx  From that page: SQL Server Native Client is a stand-alone data access application programming interface (API), used for both OLE…


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows Phone 8

We’re going to have a Game Hackathon tomorrow at the Microsoft Office here in Tampa. For a little diversion, during this Hackathon I’m going to create a little Windows Phone 8 game. All I need is a game loop sample to get me started. I thought about it for a second tonight, and it hit…


Silverlight game loop – revisited for Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 RTM

I finally found the code I created when I ported Mike Snow’s Silverlight snowflake “game” into a Windows 8 C#/XAML “game.”   See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jimblizzard/archive/2012/05/21/porting-a-simple-silverlight-game-loop-to-windows-8-metro-style.aspx/ (Yes I had checked my Release Preview-based code into Team Foundation Service, but I couldn’t remember which project I’d put it in. And I’ve rebuilt all my machines onto RTM bits, so…


Rolling with Team Foundation Service

This summer I had the chance to work on a Windows 8 Store reference app with a few of my colleagues at Microsoft. The opportunity to sling a little code and work with some world-class developers was too good to pass up. This is the first in a series of articles I’m going to write,…


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows 8 Metro style

The other evening I went on the hunt for a XAML/C#-based example of a game loop. I ran into a couple of OLD blog posts by Mike Snow. Naturally it caught my eye, simply because of his last name. In his posts he described game loop based on Silverlight 2. OK. Silverlight uses XAML, and…


Windows 8 Dev Camp materials now available

The slides and hands-on labs materials (both JavaScript and C#) are now available for download. Trot on over to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29854 Happy Windows 8 developing! –bliz (@snowstormlife)


Curious about how to get your app into the Windows Store?

My Orlando Windows 8 Dev Camp co-presenter, Dave Isbitski, has written an excellent post about it. Bottom line, today you need an invite “token” to register. So how do you get one? Take a look a Dave’s post. –bliz


Metro Accelerator Labs – Speeding Your App Development

Yesterday I blogged about the live webcast series on Windows 8 Metro style development that’s currently underway. Today I want to make sure you’re aware that we have a Metro Accelerator Lab coming up at the end of May here in Tampa. Joe Healy and I are looking forward to seeing you there. Oh, by…


Can’t make it to a Windows 8 Dev Camp?

. . . But wish you could? You’re in luck! Microsoft is going to be delivering the content via webcasts, beginning TODAY (May 14) at 11:30 AM Eastern. Too late for today’s session. Here is the session list via Jamie. Good lunchtime feasting! (for Eastern Time Zone anyway) [UPDATE: Webcast recordings are being made available. Please see…